Images, landmarks, vistas and experiences that scream ‘Australia’ – if I was to compile a list that really did this beautiful nation of ours justice, it would be never ending.
It’s our natural diversity that really sets us apart – tropical rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, the world’s most famous coral reef, clean white beaches that stretch for miles (ninety miles to be exact) and a vibrant red desert that rests at our core – Australia’s heart.
So let’s celebrate iconic Australia with a collection of photographs that provide a brief snap shot into our nations fabulous backyard…
The Twelve Apostles, The Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Being a Victorian lad I’ve had the privilege of visiting these limestone beauties several times throughout my life and honestly – they still take my breath away – each and every time. Particularly beautiful at sunset…actually, exceptionally beautiful
Heart Reef, Whitsundays, Queensland
The Whitsundays are at the heart of The Great Barrier Reef so its rather fitting that a composition of coral, shaped as a heart, rests protected within its own reef lagoon. Best experienced by helicopter or plane, it’s most certainly a sight worth directing your attention toward.
The Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
Home to a diverse population of insects, reptiles and marsupials – the Daintree ecosystem is among the worlds most complex. Interestingly, 90% of our butterfly species reside here and can be admired for their glorious colours and peaceful nature.
The historical site of Port Arthur is a place of great pain and beauty. A former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, the locale is now home to one of Australia’s most significant open-air museums.
Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia
Arguably one of Australia’s most spectacular beaches, the sunsets here are second to none and best experienced by camel back.
Mitchell Falls, Western Australia
Among the most photographed attractions in the Kimberley (one of nine regions in Western Australia) this majestic waterfall is a spectacle you absolutely cannot miss.
Sydney Opera House
A multipurpose performing arts centre, designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon and opened to the public by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973 – the Opera House, positioned at the edge of Sydney’s breathtaking harbour, is one of our nations most iconic landmarks.
Uluru, Northern Territory
A sandstone rock located in the heart of the Northern Territory’s Red Centre desert, 450km from Alice Springs. People often refer to it as the heart and soul of Australia for its historical and cultural significance, and for those who have travelled to see it in the flesh, the feeling of being in its presence is undeniably moving.
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